A stunning self portrait, several landscapes and plenty of still life paintings hang next to watercolors of cowboys and oil paintings of rodeo scenes in the 49th annual Old West and Rodeo Art Show this week.
The show hosted by Clovis Art Guild drew nearly 70 entries. The works of art are displayed in the Veterans Room inside Clovis Veterans Memorial District through Sunday. The public is invited to attend for free.
“It used to be just an Old West show but as time went on we had to start adding open classes to it. We have the Old West/Rodeo category and rest are open to their medium,” said Alice Sutton, Clovis Art Guild treasurer.
Categories included Old West/Rodeo, oil/acrylic, watercolor and pastel/drawing. All were judged by Dennis Lewis, an accomplished oil painter who lives in Clovis.
Best of Show went to William Lehman for his watercolor painting, “Taos Pueblo.”
Artists will be honored at a reception Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will have the opportunity to speak with the public about their masterpieces.
Two high school students received scholarships for earning first-place prizes on their works of art. Cayla Rivas of Fresno Christian High School won for “Set Free,” done with colored pencil. Paxton Hergenroeder of Buchanan High School won with her self portrait, “Paxton” done with charcoal.
David Dalgety, who takes art classes with instructor Valerie Ward at the Clovis Senior Activity Center, entered three oil paintings into the show this year. Dalgety, a Clovis Art Guild member, has entered several works over the past 10 years and has won several honorable mentions, and first- and second-place ribbons, he said.
“I’ve never gotten best of show. That’s the one thing I would like to sometime get,” he said. “When I did these I was painting a lot of Western-themed things, cowboys and rodeo type stuff. Now I’m more into portraits and stuff like that.”
Some of his paintings have been featured in the Central California Blood Center’s calendar and screenprinted on its T-shirts for the annual Clovis Rodeo Blood Drive.
Guild member Carol Hoover entered her watercolor painting, “Branding Time,” in the show and won first place in her category.
The painting is based on a photograph of cowboys branding cattle at Hoover’s granddaughter’s ranch. Hoover said she painted it over a couple of months.
“You may paint for five hours one day, or one hour, and some days paint from noon to midnight,” she said.
What: Clovis Old West and Rodeo Art Show
Where: Veterans Room of the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th Street.
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (April 18-23) and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24.
How much: Free. Some paintings are for sale; prices are listed below each painting.